Columbia Ascender Softshell Vest - Men's


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Offering all the weather-resisting protection of a hard shell and all the breathability and comfort of a fleece, the Columbia Men's Ascender Softshell Vest for men is made from polyester soft shell fabric on the outside with a brushed lining for soft, cozy warmth inside. This Columbia vest is water- and wind-resistant with an Omni-Shield™ finish to help resist moisture and stains. The drawcord at the hem cinches down to help seal in body heat while you enjoy your hike, bike ride or view of the sunrise over the lake.


  • Fabric: 100% polyester softshell
  • Lining: 100% polyester tricot
  • Omni-Shield™ advanced repellency
  • Water/wind resistant bonded softshell
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Zip-closed hand pockets
  • Center back length: 29 in

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

3 Reviews

  • Build quality: 2
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Great design: 2
  • Great value: 2

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

3 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

January 23, 2012

The vest looks great on. Perfectly sized to a tall torso. Light enough to throw on and forget about it. No bulk. Glad I waited for the vest to be restocked.

Pros: fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Utah
35-44 yrs

Comfy and great value
February 21, 2012

This is a nice, comfortable, soft-shell vest. I am 6'2" and 170 and a medium fits just right. The collar is a little taller than I like, but it's not a deal breaker. It's also on the thicker/warmer side of the soft-shell products I own. It is nice and soft and warm. I wear it a few days a week. I suspect it will hold up well over the long haul. For the price, you can't go wrong.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Atlanta, GA
Over 65 yrs

Best Vest in the World!
September 14, 2011

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this Columbia vest. The fit is perfect, it lasts forever, it looks great on my husband, and it launders beautifully, though I have trouble getting it off him so I can wash it! In Atlanta's warmer weather, this vest is about all he needs for the entire winter season. When he wears it fishing, it comes back covered in fish blood and scales (and who knows what else), but one trip through the washer makes it look like new again. I did a lot of research before I bought this best, and Altrec had the best price. My only unfulfilled wish is finding one of these in red but, so far, no luck.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, looks great on my husband

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Black, Columbia Navy, Red Element, Sedona Sage and Surplus Green.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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